September 5, 2015
By Matt Stypulkoski
Though No. 5 Shore‘s last-second lost against No. 2 Rumson-Fair Haven was disappointing, head coach Kelly Koenig took solace in both the determination of her team and the teaching opportunities that emerged from the season-opening game.
“This team wants to compete and they’re not going to back down for any team,” Koenig said. “This is what they want and these are the games we’re going to give them. If they want to compete at the top, these are the games they’re going to play.”
That resilient attitude showed through after Shore fell behind 2-0. After a few adjustments at the break, the Blue Devils managed two goals within the first five minutes of the second half to tie the game.
Though they couldn’t parlay that comeback into a victory, Koenig saw plenty of things – both good and bad – for her team to work on as the season progresses.
“As a coach, what we try to think about is not just (comparing) team to team, but within our own game what we can do well against a high-skill team and where we break down and then making those adjustments,” Koenig said. “It’s nice to have a game like this early on so you can get a clear picture of where you’re at and then make those adjustments as a coaching staff and really bring it to the players and let them see that so it’s not a surprise come the postseason.”